Bottle Tree Productions Presents: Cinderella – A Christmas Pantomime!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 6th, 2011
Kingston, Ontario

Bottle Tree Productions presents

CINDERELLA – A CHRISTMAS PANTOMIME

Saturday, Dec. 17th @ The Kingston Christian School: matinee 3pm; evening 7 pm tickets $10/children, $12/seniors, $15/adults

Sunday, Dec. 18th @ L’Octave Theatre: Matinee 3pm; evening 7pm, tickets $10/children, $12/seniors, $15/adults

Our holiday offering for 2011 is Cinderella, a tried and true favourite for people of all ages. This fast-paced pantomime is Cinderella with a twist – the Prince is afflicted by a serious condition that only true love can cure!  Familiar characters of the stepmother and stepsisters conspire against Cinderella and she is helped by her Fairy Godmother.  Come see what’s happening at the Palace Ball!

This version of Cinderella was adapted for the stage by Charles Robertson with music and lyrics by popular local musician Michael K Myers.

This year, it’s a family affair!  The talented MacPherson brothers, John and Ian, have already recently starred in two big musicals in Kingston.  John starred in the Kinsmen Production of Footloose where he starred as Ren while Ian played the Artful Dodger in the Meistersingers production of Oliver!  The boys hail from Napanee.

Sara Sturgeon and her brother Eric Sturgeon also recently appeared in Oliver!

Director Anne Marie Mortensen of her experience with Oliver! said, “Ian, Sara and Eric were great to work with.  We feel very lucky to have them perform in Cinderella.  They are very dedicated young actors.  And what’s more to have such a talented young actor as John involved in the show is great.”

Anne Marie’s son Daniel also had played in Oliver!  Her daughter Hannah will add to the festivities by singing before the show.  She recently starred in KCVI’s musical Blood Brothers as Mrs. Johnson.

Co-director Charles Robertson commented that, “Both Daniel and Hannah are very dedicated and talented kids in acting and singing.  They are also extremely high achievers in academics. They have a great work ethic.”  He went on to say, “Each theatrical production creates its own family where oftentimes life-long friendships are formed.  There are never friendships anywhere else like those that are made in theatre.  For a show to work, actors and crew need to be able to trust each other; to be able to pull together as a team.  I think that after a show is done, many performers feel a great sense of loss.  But while it lasts, it’s a wonderful family to belong to.”

Anne Marie Mortensen (Oliver!) and Charles Robertson (Romeo and Juliet) co-direct this family-friendly pantomime version of Cinderella, the rags to riches story of a kind young girl forced to work from morning ‘til night by her mean stepsisters and stepmother.  Forced to wear rags and to sleep not in a bed but by the fireplace, she dreams of meeting the handsome Prince Charming.

But Prince Charming has problems of his own.  Prince Charming has no charm. He is a nerd. Boy is he a nerd!  A fun-filled treat for the whole family! Starring John Macpherson (Ren in Footloose) as the shy and awkward prince, and Sara Sturgeon (Oliver!) as the beautiful and kind-hearted Cinderella. Other cast members include John Farant as the malpractice-waiting-to-happen, Doctor Doc and Khira Wieting and Daniel Powell as the ugly stepsisters.  Try to guess which stepsister is really a girl.  Bryden Trapp is their conniving mother.  Ian Macpherson who starred as the Artful Dodger in Oliver! plays the long suffering servant to the prince.  The boot scene alone is worth the price of admission.

Allyson Foster plays the beautiful Fairy Godmother who has a few magic tricks up her sleeve.  Daniel Smith and Meg Morgan play the king and queen.  Catchy songs and silly dialogue make this a light treat for the Holiday season.  Ian Lamb, Eric Sturgeon, and Ted Mathers also star.  No actors, animals or pumpkins were harmed in this production.  Stage managed by Claire Morgan.  For more information and to purchase tickets please go to www.bottletreeinc.com.

Pre-show entertainment will feature songs by 18 year-old Hannah Smith, who teams up with Alex Whitehead. Her great contralto voice is sure to leave you wanting more.

Bottle Tree Productions contact info: www.bottletreeinc.com or http://bottletreeinc.blogspot.com
or call us at 613-384-8433

FOR MORE INFORMATION, TO BUY TICKETS, or to FIND OUT ABOUT PROGRAM ADVERTISING:

http://www.bottletreeinc.com/cinderella_2011.html

Wellington Street Theatre Presents Beauty and the Beast for One Performance Only on July 27th!

One performance only!

The Wellington Street Theatre Project presents Beauty and the Beast at Sydenham Street United Church on Wednesday, July 27th at 2 pm.

General seating tickets are $12/per person and are available online at www.wellingtonst.net and www.bottletreeinc.com or at the door.


Beauty and the Beast
has been adapted for the stage by Charles Robertson, with music and lyrics by Michael K. Myers.  This is one of six fairy tales that Robertson and Myers have collaborated on.  These shows have been seen by thousands of kids across Ontario.

Directed by Anne Marie Mortensen and starring Megan Ready-Walters as Beauty.

Beauty’s father is a merchant whose wealth has been stolen by his unscrupulous partners.  Despondent, he seeks shelter during a storm in a magnificent castle.  In this castle lives a fearsome beast who to spare the merchant’s life makes him promise to send his youngest daughter, Beauty, to live with him.  The Beast is actually a handsome prince who has been the victim of a spell by a jealous witch.  In her heart, Beauty holds the key to set him free.

Director Anne Marie Mortensen says,

“Charles and Michael have created a wonderful story for the whole family.  There is comedy with the three clumsy suitors of Beauty and her two sisters.  There is the magic of the Beast’s castle and this is one of the classic romances in literature.”

She went on to say,

“In Megan Ready-Walters, we have a very talented young actress with a marvelous voice. Megan has recently won an award for her acting at the Sears Drama Festival and she was great as Sandy in K.C.V.I.’s ‘Grease.’  Her performance as the beautiful Lucy in Bottle Tree Productions’ ‘Sweeney Todd’ showed off her singing skills.”

For more on The Wellington Street Theatre Project go to www.wellingtonst.net.

Bottle Tree Productions Presents Sleeping Beauty

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
November 22, 2010
Kingston, Ontario

Bottle Tree Productions presents ‘Sleeping Beauty’ from Wednesday, December 15th to Saturday, December 18th at 7 pm. Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 pm.

A beautiful princess, an evil fairy and an enchanted castle = a Christmas treat for the whole family!

Bottle Tree Productions presents the musical fairy tale ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at The Wellington Street Theatre.

Tickets are only ten dollars with HST included and are available at Bottle Tree Productions.

Written by Charles Robertson with music and lyrics by Michael K. Myers, the play is “funny and heartwarming” according to director Anne Marie Mortensen.

This version of the popular fairy tale tells how The King and Queen entrust Jack, the Royal Messenger, with some very important invitations for the christening of the royal princess, but Jack has made a big mistake. He has forgotten to invite the evil fairy Carabasse.

Carabasse casts a spell on the princess which causes her to fall asleep for a hundred years. The palace and everyone in it is put into an enchanted sleep as well. Carabasse covers the palace with a menacing wall of thorns and only the bravery of a King’s son can rescue the princess and everyone inside. Jack, the Princess, the fairies and a host of others tell this entertaining story in one act. Perfect for everyone who loves a happily ever after story. For more information see more about Sleeping Beauty.

The magic, music and fun stars Dana Lynn Farrell as Sleeping Beauty; Davin Allan as the King; Khira Weiting as the Queen; Cameron Watson as Jack; Allyson Foster as the evil fairy Carabasse; Alex Whitehead as the handsome prince; Michela Kaduck as the foolish fairy, Fauna; and Kira Meyers-Guiden as the good fairy, Flora.

All tickets $10 HST included. Purchase Tickets here.

The Bobby Show Is Back!

That’s right, The Bobby Show is back! After a summer of working on The Island Queen, Michael K. Myers and his band The Real Gone Cats are performing The Bobby Show again at MacNeil’s Landing, 790 King Street East, Gananoque, Ontario K7G 1H3 (613-382-1706)
on Sunday, September 26, 2010 at 6:30 pm.

Dinner-show is $40

Just the show is $20

Meal at 5:00 pm – Show at 6:30 pm

It promises to be an evening of great music with lots of toe-tapping, head-bobbing, seat-swaying and generous applause!

In case you haven’t read my previous blog and you don’t know about The Bobby Show, watch this!

“Oh look out, Mackey’s back!”

Sleeping Beauty Coming To The Wellington Street Theatre!

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
June 26th, 2010
Kingston, Ontario

Bottle Tree Productions presents ‘Sleeping Beauty’ July 6th-17th Tuesdays to Saturdays

A beautiful princess, an evil fairy and an enchanted castle. Summer fun for the whole family!

Bottle Tree Productions presents the musical fairy tale ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at The Wellington Street Theatre.

Written by Charles Robertson with music and lyrics by Michael K Myers; the play is “funny and heartwarming” according to director Anne Marie Mortensen.

This version of the popular fairy tale tells how The King and Queen entrust Jack, the Royal Messenger, with some very important invitations for the christening of the royal princess, but Jack has made a big mistake; he has forgotten to invite the evil fairy Carabasse. Carabasse casts a spell on the princess which causes her to fall asleep for a hundred years. The palace and everyone in it is put into an enchanted sleep as well. Carabasse covers the palace with a menacing wall of thorns, and only the bravery of a King’s son can rescue the princess and everyone inside. Jack, the Princess, the fairies and a host of others tell this entertaining story in one act. Perfect for everyone who loves a happily ever after story.

The magic, music and fun stars Cassie Burrell as Sleeping Beauty, Alex Stein as the King, Allyson Foster as the Queen, Simon Derome as Jack, Hannah Smith as the evil fairy Carabasse, Josh Jia as the handsome princess, as well as Shannon Broekhoven, Michela Kaduck, Amanda Verner, Dana-Lynn Farrell, Cameron Hill-Watson, Brogan Chaput, Taylor Liggett, Katrina Pacheco, Victor Kaduck, Mallory Watson, Kendra Pacheco and Danielle Gervais.

Show Dates:
July 6-10 & July 13-17, Tuesdays to Saturdays @ 3 pm
July 8-10 & July 15-17 Thursdays to Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm

Tickets: $15/adults. $12/seniors & students

Tickets available online at:

www.bottletreeinc.com

The Wellington Street Theatre at the corner of Johnson and Wellington Streets (Phone 613-542-0070)

The Grand Theatre Box Office, 218 Princess Street, open Mondays to Saturdays from 12 noon to 6 pm

Online at www.kingstongrand.ca, (Phone 613-530-2050)

The Tourist Information Office in Confederation Basin across from City Hall at 208 Princess Street (Call Toll Free: 1-888-855-4555 or Tel: 613-548-4415)

Renaissance Music, 1057 Midland Avenue (Phone 613-384-9225)


Charles Robertson

At The Wellington Street Theatre

Sleeping Beauty
July 6-17 – 3:00 pm
Tues. & Sat., Thurs. & Sat. evening shows – 7:30 pm

Ask about our summer drama camps

Til The Boys Come Home – November
Season Tickets

www.wellingtonst.net
www.bottletreeinc.com

The Bobby Show By Michael K. Myers & The Real Gone Cats: A Superb Evening Of Entertainment!

Live Performance Review
Show: The Bobby Show
Venue: The Wellington Street Theatre
Where: Kingston, Ontario
When: May 22, 2010
Stars: 4.5

Watch out Michael Bublé! Smooth, suave, sophisticated, 60ish Michael K. Myers is a charismatic crooner, who after spending 40 years playing music might just have hit his stride and caught a wave to glory with his brilliantly conceived and orchestrated The Bobby Show!

The Bobby Show debuted last night to a sold out room at The Wellington Street Theatre and left an audience full of fans of the great “Bobby” singers of the late 50’s and early 60’s smiling from ear to ear and showing their appreciation for a superb night of entertainment with a standing ovation.

Written by Kingston, Ontario songwriter and performer Michael K. Myers who sang lead vocals and played guitar for 95% of the show, and joined by his seasoned band The Real Gone Cats: Tim Hallman (music director, keyboards), Gary Barratt (drums, percussion), and Bob Arlidge (electric bass, stand-up bass) – The Bobby Show is a night of nostalgic hits from “Bobby” singers Bobby Vee, Bobby Darin, Bobby Helms, Bobby Day, Bobby Sherman, Bobby Vinton, Bobby Curtola, Bobby Goldsboro, and Bobby Rydell that will appeal to not only my parents’ generation, but mine as well.

Myers, whose musical inspirations include Burt Bacharach, Lennon & McCartney, and Rodgers and Hart has experience performing music in almost every genre including rock ’n ’roll, country & western, jazz and pop. He’s a skillful guitarist, witty and warm public speaker, and his tenor voice is clear, powerful and as delicious to the ears as Baileys to the tongue.

The Bobby Show opened with Myers performing two of the last of the Bobby singers, Bobby Sherman’s hits, including Julie, Do You Love Me? Myers had obviously done his research as he punctuated the show with a brief career recollection of each of the Bobby singers. I didn’t know that Bobby Sherman, who I definitely remembered from my childhood, had given up music in the 1970s and become a cop in Los Angeles. The show was filled with interesting tidbits like that and about 30 infectious hits of a bygone era in music that was largely underrated.

Myers used a few props for his show to accompany his enthusiasm and great sense of humour and changed ties for several Bobbys, from the groovy paisley tie he wore for Sherman’s songs to a bolo for Bobby Helms, a skinny black tie for Bobby Day, and a cardigan for Bobby Vee.

Myers and The Real Gone Cats performed Fraulein and My Special Angel by Bobby Helms, as well as his 120 million copy seller, Jingle Bell Rock, even though it was slightly out of season on an exceptionally warm May evening.

Bobby Day was the only African-American Bobby who used to perform with bands The Satellites and The Hollywood Flames and had success with songs like Buzz Buzz Buzz, Little Bitty Pretty One, and Rockin’ Robin.

The audience tapped their toes, swayed in their seats and hummed or sang along while Bobby Vee took his place in the spotlight with Devil Or Angel and the Carole King/Gerry Goffin penned classics Take Good Care Of My Baby and Run To Him. Of particularly interesting note, keyboardist Tim Hallman once played keyboards for Bobby Vee, as did the little known Bob Zimmerman (who later became Dylan). Myers also covered The Night Has A Thousand Eyes and Wild One.

I caught myself grinning like a Cheshire cat throughout the show and thinking about how much my Mom would love it and wishing that everyone I know over 50 had been there.

We got to hear wonderful renditions of Bobby Rydell’s Forget Him, Sway With Me, and Volare which placed third in the famous Eurovision song contest in 1960.

There was a brief intermission and we were treated with Canadian Bobby singer, Bobby Curtola’s 1962 Gold selling Fortune Teller, as well as Aladdin, Hitchhiker, and Three Rows Over. A Member of the Order of Canada as well as a former representative for Coca Cola, Bobby Curtola is a Canadian legend I had not been familiar with.

One of the most memorable Bobbys has got to be Bobby Vinton whose hits Roses Are Red, Blue On Blue, Blue Velvet, and Melody of Love were expertly performed by Myers and The Real Gone Cats. Myers held up a white board with the Polish lyrics to Melody of Love on it for the audience to sing along and memories of the Polish Prince flooded the room.

Next Myers, who hopes to tour The Bobby Show in small theatres across Canada, offered the audience a box of tissues before sitting down to play acoustic guitar for the classic Bobby Goldsboro tearjerker, Honey.

My favourite part of the whole show came at the end when Myers paid tribute to the late, great Bobby Darin, as Myers’ voice compliments his music perfectly. He covered the playful Splish Splash, Dream Lover, Things (which Darin had written for his one time girlfriend, Connie Francis), Once Upon A Time, If I Were A Carpenter, and my favourites: Beyond The Sea and Mack The Knife, both superbly rendered by Michael K. Myers.

The band had to come back after their standing ovation and we were gifted with Bobby Freeman’s Do You Wanna Dance?

Did I?! You bet! If The Bobby Show doesn’t put a spark in your shoes, I don’t know what will. Encore, encore!!

The Wellington Street Theatre Presents ‘The Bobby Show’

THE BOBBY SHOW

Written and performed by Michael K. Myers

The Wellington Street Theatre will be presenting ‘The Bobby Show’ on Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 8pm.

The show is a tribute to the great ‘Bobby’ singers of the late 50’s, and early 60’s. Featured will be songs originally recorded by Bobby Darin, Bobby Vee, Bobby Vinton,

Bobby Vinton

Bobby Curtola, and other Bobbys from that perhaps more innocent era of pop music, and stories behind those singers, and their songs.

The songs include Rockin’ Robin, My Special Angel, The Night Has A Thousand Eyes, Fortune Teller, Blue Velvet, Honey, Dream Lover, Mack The Knife, and many more. The Bobby Show is sung and performed by Michael K. Myers, with his band ‘The Real Gone Cats’.

Michael Myers, the creator of the show says, ” I thought it would be fun to put together a music revue featuring just songs by, and stories about, the various Bobby singers who come from an overlooked, and often critically looked down upon period in popular music -the late 50’s, through to the early 60’s, prior to the British Invasion, and the arrival of The Beatles. I think some exciting, well crafted, and memorable music was produced then, by talented singers, and songwriters, including the Bobby’s, and it definitely had, and still has, a big influence on my performing, and songwriting career.”

Bobby Curtola

Tickets are $20/adults and $15/seniors & students

Tickets can be purchased online at www.wellingtonst.net
and www.bottletreeinc.com, at Renaissance Music, or at The Grand Theatre at 218 Princess Street. Call 613-530-2050.

At The Wellington Street Theatre
Fred Eaglesmith – Friday, May 21st
The Bobby Show with hits from the 50’s and 60’s – Saturday, May 22nd
Book of Spells: A love story about two older women – Saturday, June 12th
Sir John A. MacDonald – July
Sleeping Beauty – July
Til The Boys Come Home – November